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Japan facing credit card number shortage as people stay home and shop

“As more and more credit cards are being issued while people in Japan stay home and shop amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, issuing companies are running out of 16-digit combinations for card numbers. The shortage of numbers has emerged against the backdrop of a rise in credit card payments from consumers staying indoors amid the […]
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Global

Japan Banks Unveil Plan to Build Cheaper Money Transfer System

“Japan’s biggest banks said they will jointly build a cheaper money transfer network catering mainly to small transactions among individuals, a move that may spur the nation’s drive toward going cashless. Five major banks including the domestic lending units of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. and Mizuho Financial Group Inc. […]
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Global

Japan FTC to Seek Cut of Interbank Money Transfer Fees

“Japan’s Fair Trade Commission plans to urge financial institutions to effectively reduce interbank money transfer fees, informed sources said Monday. The antitrust watchdog believes the remittance fees that have stayed high for long years may interfere with the spread of cashless payments and other new services in the country. The FTC plans to call on […]

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Netstars Raises JPY6.6 Billion From Investors Including KKR, SIG and LUN Partners | NETSTARS CO., LTD

“Netstars Co., Ltd. (“Netstars” or the “Company”), the operator of Japan’s largest QR code payment gateway, today announced the completion of a JPY6.6 billion funding round. The round, which was made through a combination of a capital infusion and the allotment of new shares, includes a JPY4 billion investment made from funds managed by global […]
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Coupa Announces Strategic Partnership With Japan Cloud to Establish Coupa K.K.

“Coupa Software (NASDAQ: COUP ), a leader in Business Spend Management, today announced a strategic partnership with Japan Cloud to establish a joint venture known as Coupa K.K. This joint venture will enable Coupa to scale to support the growing number of Japanese companies looking to gain greater efficiency and agility through Business Spend Management.”
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EMQ Launches High Value Cross-border Settlements in Japan

“EMQ, a global financial settlement network, announces today the launch of its high transaction value cross-border settlements in Japan, which enables global businesses to send a maximum of JPY30 million directly into local banks. This major enhancement further expands our global payment capabilities into Japan, empowering global businesses to capture new opportunities across the markets.”
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PPRO Launches Leading Japanese Payment Methods, Propels APAC Expansion

“PPRO , the world’s leading local payments platform-as-a-service, has entered the Japanese e-commerce market. Two popular Japanese payment methods – Konbini and Pay-easy – join over 150 local payment methods on PPRO’s platform, a portfolio that already includes APAC heavyweights like Alipay, WeChat Pay, UnionPay, and GrabPay.  The Japanese e-commerce market – boasting a healthy growth […]